November has been the worst month on record for hospital overcrowding.

Figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation reveal over 12,600 people have been without beds in hospitals this month.

That includes over 563 children.

The hospitals experiencing the worst overcrowding are University Hospital Limerick, Cork University Hospital, and Letterkenny University Hospital.

The most overcrowded include:

  1. University Hospital Limerick (1596 patients)
  2. Cork University Hospital (1334 patients)
  3. Letterkenny University Hospital (1108 patients)
  4. Sligo University Hospital (783 patients)
  5. Galway University Hospital (703 patients)

The INMO described the situation as dangerous for both staff and patients, and called for more recruitment, retention and accommodation of hospital staff.